[jdom-interest] Legal values of line separator

Alex Chaffee guru at edamame.stinky.com
Mon Jul 10 11:54:49 PDT 2000

> While I like Alex's suggestions for the names of the named constants, 
> I'd rather not add them if we're going to allow any string as a line 
> break. They're a minor convenience at most, and they add several more 
> public fields to the API.

-0 on removing SEPARATOR_* 

(i like the constants -- what if I forget what wacky character Macs
use? -- but won't quibble)

-1 on removing SEPARATOR_LOCAL 

(i like the getProperty("line.separator") to be in the library code)

> For similar reasons, if we're going to do line separators this way, I 
> think we should get rid of the boolean newlines field. Instead, this 
> functionality should be replaced by setting the line separator string 
> to null or the empty string. For example, the constructor
> public XMLOutputter(java.lang.String indent,
>                      boolean newlines,
>                      java.lang.String encoding)
> would become
> public XMLOutputter(java.lang.String indent,
>                      String lineSeparator,
>                      java.lang.String encoding)
> and then we don't have to throw an exception on a null line separator either.


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